Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

May 27 – Gotany’e and Keirokai

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Recognizing Shinran’s Birth and Senior’s Appreciation Day!

Gotany’e – The birth of the Founder of Jodo Shinshu is commemorated annually as an expression of joy and happiness. Shinran Shonin was born at Hino, a few miles southeast of Kyoto on May 21, 1173.

Keirokai is a special time to honor the elders of our community (“Kei” means to honor or respect; “ro” refers to the elderly).

Please join us for a luncheon after service. If there is anyone who is a member 70 years or older and is not on the list, please contact Yuko at

2018 JSBTC Annual General Meeting

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Calgary Buddhist Temple was pleased to host the 2018 Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Calgary, Alberta from April 27th to April 29th, 2018.

So many to thank for making our hosting event such a great success……….

Thank you to the planning committee, all the board members, assistant Senseis and especially to the volunteers who are too many to name!

Your contribution to our national AGM is greatly appreciated!

To view or download the complete event schedule – 2018 AGM Schedule or refer to the meeting webpage for additional information.

Volunteers Needed!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Calgary Buddhist Temple is honored to host the 2018 Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Annual General Meeting (JSBTC AGM) from Thursday April 25th to Sunday April 29, 2018 which will be held at the Temple.

As the host temple, we have the opportunity for our members to volunteer for various positions during the four days. Please understand that we require your phone number, preferably cell number, for this event. Bakers, you can bring your homemade goodies during the event or bring them earlier on the Sunday before, on April 22, to be frozen. Drivers, please let us know how many guests you are able to transport by writing in comments.

Please SIGN UP if you able to help/volunteer!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dan McCormack at 403-585-0518.

With your help, we will be great hosts to our Canadian Bishop, our wonderful ministers from across Canada, the Board and Temple delegates as well as observers and other out-of-town guests!

In gassho,

Hanamatsuri – April 8th

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The “Flower Festival” is commemorated on this day to celebrate the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became enlightened as Shakyamuni Buddha. The “hanamido” a miniature floral altar of bright flowers, provides the scene of the beautiful Lumbini Garden. The statue of the baby Buddha, illustrates the merits of Amida Buddha, reaching out to all beings. The pouring of sweet tea on the statue of baby Buddha (kambutsu) represents the gentle rain which fell on Lumbini’s Garden that day.

After the Hanamatsuri service on Sunday, April 8th, join us for lunch. Please SIGN UP if you are able to bring some items to complete the Chow Mein and Ham Sandwich lunch and thank you to those who have already let the Toban group know what you’re bringing. Thank you for everyone’s contribution!

We will also be selling yummy homemade Gyoza for $10/ dozen.

Calgary Buddhist Temple AGM

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held following the regular service on Sunday, April 15.

It is important that you join us in supporting the current board and adding your voice to the business of operating the temple!

Our success depends on having an active Sangha that cares and wishes Jodo Shinshu to continue to grow in the future!

Thank you!

Casino Update

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thank you to all the casino volunteers on March 4 & 5, 2018 – you help make great things happen!

This year, every volunteer not only worked long hours, sometimes past 3 am, taking precious time out of their weekend and evenings, and many also had to take time off work. Add in a commute shortly after a major snowfall in a record setting snow year and the result is a super-human effort made by all. I know that each and every one of you volunteer time and time again for numerous events, and probably multiple organizations. That’s just the kind of people you are.

In spite of those obstacles, the casino ran perfectly, thanks to all the dedicated volunteers. And their reward? A not bad casino meal, perhaps some indulgence in junk food, visiting with other volunteers, and satisfaction in the knowledge that every volunteer is critical to the success of this event.

On behalf of the Temple,
Jean Masuda